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Lumineszenzlabor Köln (CLL)

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The CLL is focused on constraining Quaternary environmental change in a range of environmental settings. Specific research objectives are focused on coastal settings,geoarchaeological applications, extending the age range of luminescence dating using radiofluorescence, exploration of luminescence-thermochronometry, constraining complex environmental dosimetry and the application of ESR dating.  As such the group is involved in a range of different research projects including the “Our Way to Europe” SFB806 consortium grant and the RLum.Network. Further information about luminescence dating and ESR dating, current and completed research grants can be found here:

Recent news

Field campaign in Namibia (Oct. 2018)

Field campaign in Namibia (Oct. 2018)


In collaboration with the Geological Survey of Namibia and the Ministry of Mines and Energy. A team of six scientists, led by Dr. Roy McG. Miller, went across Skeleton Coast to study the geomorphology and collect flood sediments for OSL dating. The aim of this project is to understand the climatic fluctuations in the northern Namib Desert.
Workshop in Rock Surface Dating at the CLL

Workshop in Rock Surface Dating at the CLL

On the 18-19th of October, the CLL hosted researchers from Aberystwyth, Innsbruck, Lausanne, and Risø to discuss OSL-dating of rock surfaces. Topics like laboratory procedures, exposure dating and erosion modelling, luminescence characteristics and bleaching rates of different rock types were discussed in a friendly atmosphere.
New saw for rock surface samples

New saw for rock surface samples


To facilitate the preparation of samples for rock surface dating, a new rock saw (Bühler Abrasimet 250) was installed in October 2018. The water-cooled saw can handle samples with diameters of up to 10 cm.






Field work in southern Chile (March 2019)

Field work in southern Chile (March 2019)


In March 2019 field work for sampling coastal deposits in southern Chile was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Marco Cisternas (Universidad Valparaiso) and Dr. Daniel Melnick (Universidad Valdivia). The projects aim at reconstructing Holocene earthquake recurrence by dating uplifted and subsided coastal sediments.
New DFG-funded project on the Ayeyarwady Delta (Myanmar)

New DFG-funded project on the Ayeyarwady Delta (Myanmar)


The DFG project "Driving factors for and societal effects of sea-level rise and delta flooding in the Ayeyarwady Delta (Myanmar) – Lessons from the past for disaster governance in the future" led by D. Brill, H. Brückner and F. Kraas was funded in summer 2019. From January 2020 on, a PhD student of the CLL will start working on OSL chronologies for sea-leval and river flood related sediments.
 German Luminescence and ESR Dating Conference 2019

German Luminescence and ESR Dating Conference 2019


Four members of the working group took part in the DLED2019 conference, which was hosted this year by the MPI Mainz and held in Bingen am Rhein from 08. - 10.11.2019.

Recent Publications

Bartz, M., Walk, J., Brill, D., Binnie, S., King, G., Stauch, G., Lehmkuhl, F., Hoffmeister, D., Brückner, H., 2020. Late Pleistocene alluvial fan evolution along the coastal Atacama Desert (N Chile). Global and Planetary Change 184, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.103091.

Medialdea, A., May, S.M., Brill, D., King, G., Ritter, B., Wennrich, V., Bartz, M., Zander, A., Kuiper, K., Hurtado, S., Hoffmeister, D., Schulte, P., Gröbner, M., Opitz, S., Brückner, H., Bubenzer, O., 2020. Identification of humid periods in the Atacama Desert through hillslope activity established by infrared stimulated luminescence (IRSL) dating. Global and Planetary Change 184, 103086. doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.103086

Brill, D., Seeger, K., Pint, A., Reize, F., Kay Thwe Hlaing, Seeliger, M., Opitz, S., Khin Mi Mi Win, Win Thuuar Nyunt, Nilar Aye, Aung Aung, Kyaw Kyaw, Krass, F., Brückner, H., 2019. Modern and historical tropical cyclone and tsunami deposits at the coast of Myanmar – Implications for their identification and preservation in the geological record. Sedimentology. doi: 10.1111/sed.12586.

Ritter, B., Wennrich, V., Medialdea, A., Brill, D., King, G., Schneiderwind, S., Niemann, K., Fernandez-Galego, E., Diederich, J., Rolf, C., Bao, R., Melles, M., Dunai, T.J., 2019. Climatic fluctuations in the hyperarid core of the Atacama desert during the past 215 ka. Scientific Reports 9:5270, 1-13.

May, S.M., Meine, L., Hoffmeister, D., Brill, D., Medialdea, A., Wennrich, V., Gröbner, M., Schulte, P., Steininger, F., Deprez, M., de Kock, T., Bubenzer, O., 2019. Origin and timing of past hillslope activity in the hyper-arid core of the Atacama Desert – The formation of fine sediment lobes along the Chuculay Fault System, Northern Chile. Global and Planetary Change 184, 103057. doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.103057.

Diederich, J., Wennrich, V., Bao, R., Bolten, A., Brill, D., Buske, S., Campos Sepulveda, E., Fernandez Galego, E., Ritter, B., Ritterbach, L., Rolf, C., Scheidt, S., Dunai, T., Melles, M., 2020. A 66 ka precipitation record from the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Global and Planetary Change 184, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloplacha.2019.103054.

del Val, M., Duval, M., Medialdea, A., Bateman, M.D., Moreno, D., Arriolabengoa, M., Aranburu, A., Iriarte, E. 2019. First chronostratigraphic framework of fluvial terrace systems in the eastern Cantabrian margin (Bay of Biscay, Spain). Quaternary Geochronology, 49, 108-114. doi.org/10.1016/j.quageo.2018.07.001.

Maíllo-Fernández, J.M., Marín, J., Solano-Megías, I., Uribelarrea, D., Martín-Perea, D., Aramendi, J., Medialdea, A., Arteaga, C., Pernas-Hernández, M., Gidna, A., Neogi, S., Baudot, E., Narváez, C., Mabulla, A., 2019. Victoria Cabrera site: A middle stone age site at Olduvai gorge, Tanzania. Quaternary International 526, 129-154. doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2019.07.032.

Rodriguez-Lloveras, X., Machado, M.J., Sanchez-Moya, Y., Calle, M., Medialdea, A., Sopeña, A., Benito, G., 2019. Impacts of sediment connectivity on Holocene alluvial records across a Mediterranean basin (Guadalentín River, SE-Spain). Catena. doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2019.104321.

Martos-Rosillo, S., Ruiz-Constan, A., Gonzalez-Ramon, A., Mediavilla, R., Martin-Civantos, J.M., Martinez Moreno, F.J., Jodar, J., Marin Lechado, C., Medialdea, A., Galindo-Zaldivar, J., Pedrera, A., Duran, J.J., 2019.  The oldest managed aquifer recharge system in Europe: new insights from the Espino recharge channel (Sierra Nevada, southern Spain). Journal of Hydrology, 578, 124047. doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124047.

Simon, J.L., Ezquerro, L., Arlegui, L.E., Liesa, C.L., Luzon, A., Medialdea, A., Garcia, A., Zarazaga, D., 2019. Role of transverse structures in paleoseismicity and drainage rearrangement in rift systems: the case of the Valdecebro fault zone (Teruel graben, eastern Spain). Journal of Earth Sciences 108, 5, 1429-1449. doi.org/10.1007/s00531-019-01707-9.

Thorndycraft, V.R., Bendle, J., Matthews, I.P., Palmer, A., Benito, G., Davies, B.J., Sancho, C., Pike, J.H., Martin, J.R.V., Fabel, D. Medialdea, A. 2019. Reply to comments by Bourgois et al. (2019) on: “Glacial lake evolution and Atlantic-Pacific drainage reversals during deglaciation of the Patagonia Ice Sheet”. Quaternary Science Reviews 213, 171-177. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.04.005

Thorndycraft, V., Bendle, J., Benito, G., Bethan J. Davies, B.J., Sancho, C., Palmer, A.P., Fabel, D., Medialdea, A., Martin, J.R.V., 2019. Glacial lake evolution and Atlantic-Pacific drainage reversals during deglaciation of the Patagonian Ice Sheet. Quaternary Science Reviews, 203, 102-127. doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2018.10.036.

Andreev, A., Shumilovskih, L., Savelieva, L., Gromig, R., Fedorov, G., Ludikova, A., Wagner, B., Wennrich, V., Brill, D., Melles, M., 2019. Environmental conditions in northwestern Russia during MIS 5 inferred from the pollen stratigraphy in a sediment core from Lake Ladoga. Boreas. doi: 0.1111/bor.12382.

Gromig, R., Wagner, B., Wennrich, V., Fedorov, G., Savelieva, L., Lebas, E., Krastel, S., Brill, D., Andreev, A., Subetto, D., Melles, M., 2019. Deglaciation history of Lake Ladoga (northwestern Russia) based on varved sediments. Boreas. doi: 10.1111/bor.12379.